New CAPTCHA Has a Moral TwistWritten by Sue Walsh on October 8, 2012
CAPTCHAs seem to be a dime a dozen these days, right? They are everywhere, demanding you decipher their often cryptic words in order to pass go and collect $200. Some are for a good cause such as every time you successfully complete a CAPTCHA you help digitize a classic book. Others ask you to look at photos instead of garbled, nearly impossible to read words. While they began as a well regarded method for blocking spam bots, these days they have become more of a nuisance and annoyance than anything else. The newest version seeks to change that trend but it has an interesting twist that some people may find even more annoying.
Introducting Civil Rights CAPTCHA. This version presents the user with a serious question like this:
“The parliament in St. Petersburg recently passed a law that forbids ‘homosexual propaganda.’ How does that make you feel?”
The responses are a collection of positive and negative such as “good”, “troubled”, “angry”, “pleased”, and so on. The trick is to pick the one with the most empathy and compassion. If you do you pass. Which response do you think is the right one? The answer a bit later.
Civil Rights CAPTCHA is the brainchild of Civil Rights Defenders, an organization whose mission is described on their website as: “We defend people’s civil and political rights and empower human rights defenders at risk.”
They are hoping this new CAPTCHA raises awareness of social issues and marginalized groups. Will it be successful? That remains to be seen. It certainly seems promising as far as its spam blocking power but will legit users accept it or find it the most annoying CAPTCHA ever? What do you think? Is it a good idea or does it go too far?
In case you’re wondering, the answer to the Civil Rights CAPTCHA question above is “troubled”. Did you get it right?